The blogger-mandatory track post that Chris Walla didn’t get around to yesterday was this cut of “Campus” in its pre-Vampire Weekend form (and so we fired Chris Walla). The song credit goes to Rostam Batmanglij (The Crazy Scarf Loving One), who also gets mentions in the press for arranging the string sections that pop up on his band’s debut album, on songs like this and “M79.” The original version reveals itself to be a gentle and string-bathed lilt, with soft vocals to match the sweep. It has all the charm of a lazy sunny day of people watching on a college campus, which from where we’re sitting, would charm the pants off of us right about now.
Better than the album track. Fluxblog agrees and expounds:
[That this version predates the album incarnation] is troubling, at least in that I believe that the band severely diminished the charm of the song by downplaying its lovely, graceful melodies by performing it in their typical Afropop-goes-mall-punk style. (Let’s be really really really really real about this: Vampire Weekend are basically the Ivy League’s answer to Sublime.)
Vampire Weekend is a band that has a record that is out on a label. Don’t pretend you don’t know.
[Rostam and Peter pic from VW’s sublime set @ Other Music during CMJ ’07]